NC man vanishes after driving friend and 2 strangers home

UPDATE..  Missing Siler City man found dead; homicide investigation underway

SILER CITY, NC (NBC NEWS) — More than two weeks ago, Esau Abraham Brenes vanished; his car, cellphone, personal belongings are all still missing.

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Esau Abraham Brenes, 25, has been missing since October 3rd.

“We need all the help we can get, really, though it’s like no one is paying attention sometimes,” Gus Salinas, Brenes’s step-father, told NBC.

UPDATE..  Missing Siler City man found dead; homicide investigation underway

“His mother is destroyed, simply destroyed. We don’t leave her alone because she’s having that hard of a time.”

Brenes, called “Abe” and “Abey” by close friends and family, was last seen driving his green Mini Cooper with North Carolina license plate ZRA-5881 in Siler City on Saturday October 3.

His step-father says Abe had attended a wedding that day, driven home and changed clothes, then headed out to spend a night with friends.

UPDATE..  Missing Siler City man found dead; homicide investigation underway

Brenes was last seen driving his green mini cooper vehicle.

What happened next is where the details become hazy. Brenes, 25, slept at a friend’s and reportedly was driving home when he saw a high school friend walking with two men he did not know.

“Well, the good natured kid he is, he offered to give them a ride,” Salinas told Dateline.

In what order and where the men were dropped off is up for debate. One of the men allegedly told police that, while in the car, Abe got a call and began yelling at the person on the other end.

According to his step-father, phone records show Abe never received a call around that time. “There is something really bad about this, real bad.”

No significant clues as to what became of Abe that day have surfaced. Police have told the family they are pursing multiple leads and have questioned several people, including the men Abe allegedly picked-up that morning, but not much else has been released.

Abe was not a young man one would expect to simply disappear. He has been described as a hardworking twenty-something, who had no shortage of friends, both male and female, and liked to dress well. Salinas, who’s been with Abe’s mother for more than five years, says that, despite Abe’s popularity, they never expected to have this many people rallying to find him.

“He has so many friends, just so many people who love him,” Salinas told Dateline. “What can I say, though, he’s a really nice, caring kid.”

The detective in charge of the case was unavailable for comment Monday, but police say they are investigating every lead brought their way.

Esau “Abe” Brenes is described as 5’9″, weighing 170 lbs., with dark hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information that can help bring Abe home, please contact the Siler City Police Department at (919) 742-5626.

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